Nissan Rasheen is First Produced

The Nissan Rasheen is a small SUV with 4x4 produced from November 1994 to August 2000 by Nissan.

It was formally introduced at the October 1993 Tokyo Auto show. It was offered with three different engines from 1.5 GA15DE (94-00) a larger 1.8 liter SR18DE (97-00) and a 2.0 SR20DE (99-00) The car has 5 seats and a rugged style body. It is a very small and short 4WD that looks a bit like a Hummer but smaller.

It had full time four wheel drive due to the installation of Nissan's ATTESA powertrain system, a viscous coupling that determined where to send torque based on traction situations. It was available for sale a couple of years before the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota RAV4 in Japan.

The Rasheen shared it platform with the B14 series Nissan Sunny and also used powertrain components from the N14 series Nissan Pulsar with 4WD. ABS brakes were introduced September 1996 with various trim packages introduced during the production period.

A reference is displayed as a concept car to Tokyo motor show in 1993, it was moved to marketing by to get popularity from many users in December, 1994, RASHEEN. The RV model based on the chassis of SUNNY of the compact class.

The wide & low styling is its characteristics. The name of RASHEEN was given as parodied a compass. As the characteristics, the design which it gave priority to a more classical sense than practical use as RV. Though inside and luggage space are not so wide, but collected popularity with design-like happiness. When it made its debut, though an engine was carried 1500cc. An engine is added 1800cc by the minor change in January, 1997. It is set up in October, 1998 a model with the sub-name of FORZA is added 2000cc by engine loading.